Jim Joyce, a veteran baseball umpire, had no idea what was in store for him when he was getting ready for a game between the Marlins and Diamondbacks in Arizona on Monday night.
According to an article by Scott Miller, Joyce was walking out of his dressing room when he saw a game-day Diamondback employee having a seizure. He knew that he needed to keep her head protected, so he did, but once she went unconscious, he knew he needed to do more.
He had learned CPR in high school, and had used it before, so he knew what to do.
He began doing 30 compressions and two breaths, 30 compressions two breaths, 30 compressions two breaths, until the paramedics arrived with an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). But even after the initial shock of the defibrillator, the woman still did not regain consciousness.
So Joyce continued, 30 compressions and two breaths, 30 compressions and two breaths.
After another shock from the defibrillator, the woman started breathing again and the paramedics were able to rush her to the hospital where they were able to stabilize her.
“This is something everybody should know.” Joyce commented after the event. “Everybody should know what to do in a circumstance like that. It’s not a hard thing. You don’t need a degree. It’s very simple, and very easy.”
To learn CPR, visit http://www.procpr.org/ to get started. So that, just like Jim Joyce, you can be ready to save a life at a moment’s notice.